By Lauren Kraft, Zoo Web Blogger
At this time of Thanksgiving celebration, our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation. One of the joys of Thanksgiving is wishing you a happy Holiday Season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
This year we are giving thanks by offering Free Admission to the Zoo today from 10 am to 4 pm.
You can give back this holiday season to the community during your Zoo visit.
Bring a non-perishable food item for our November food drive. All donations benifit the Sacramento Food Bank.
Or, donate a new and unrapped toy to Toys for Tots and greet the Marines helping out.
Friday, November 28, 2008
By Lauren Kraft, Zoo Web Blogger
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper
Over the weekend of November 15-16, Marigold Roots & Shoots, from Chico, and the Sacramento Zoo Teens came out to teach people about Orangutan Awareness Week and raise some money for the Orangs.
Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s global, environmental and humanitarian program for youth. In classrooms, community-based clubs and youth groups, Roots & Shoots members plan and participate in activities and service projects that promote care and concern for animals, the environment, and the human community. Through its diverse international membership, Roots & Shoots fosters respect, understanding and exchange among individuals of different cultures and countries.
The Marigold Roots & Shoots and the Sacramento Zoo Teens did a great job, with beautiful displays, enthusiastic kids and a sense of contributing to something bigger than themselves. Thanks you guys!
Check out their blog, http://www.marigoldrootsandshoots.blogspot.com/ for pictures and more!
You can find out more about the Sacramento Zoo Roots & Shoot program here.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
- Zoo Member Jaime: She closed up her cat themed boutique store and gave us 14 boxes of new collectibles!
- AAE (African American Expressions): They donated a car load of stationary, journals, book covers and greeting cards.
- Zoo Member Nick: He is a collector and purged some of his collection including a table full of Garfield plush, Ruldolph, Simpsons and Sesame Street Collectibles.
And thanks to all of the other Zoo Member and Zoo Staff donors!
Come by and see what you can find! Bring your own bag and we will give you a free present.
SacZoo Members: Friday, November 21, 1-4pm
General Public: Saturday, November 22, 10am-4pm
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I was asked to talk a little about myself. While I enjoy my browse and the yummy fruit bottles (however, I would like to request more bananas), my favorite enrichment involves pumpkins. Yes, pumpkins. Not pie and not muffins. Just plain old whole raw pumpkins.
Every so often the keepers place a pumpkin in my exhibit. I take my time and stroll over, you see, I don’t want anyone to think I care that much. I carefully place my foot on the top and test the vegetable for freshness. I casually glance away and begin my amazing yet graceful footwork with the “ball”. I can keep control and pass the ball between my lovely four legs without a single glance down. Watch out David Beckham! Now, being a giraffe in fine standing in the community, I don’t like to do this activity TOO often, I find the jealousy from the other giraffes is overwhelming.
Think about what shots I could hit off the new barn, “goaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllllll!
Monday, November 17, 2008
By SacZoo Web blogger
Next time you are out at the Zoo, keep your eyes peeled and try to spot the new frogs in the Reptile House. Panamanian golden frogs, Yellow-banded dart frogs, Whites tree frogs, and two Caecilians have all joined our population of amphibians. The Panamanian golden frog is an endangered toad managed by a Species Survival Plan program in AZAS accredited Zoos and the El Valle Conservation Center in Panama. These conservation efforts to breed the toads are their only chance for survival.
Panamanian golden frog
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
By Zoo Blog Keeper
As recommended by the Lion Species Survival Plan®, our male lion, Luxor, is moving to the Peoria Zoo in Illinois. We will miss Luxor, but the breeding recommendation by the SSP was to bring Kamau, from the San Diego Wild Animal Park, to breed with our current female lion.
Kamau’s genes are highly desirable, as his parents’ genetics are underrepresented in the community. A fundamental conservation issue is the preservation of genetic diversity in the captive population, and new bloodlines brought into the breeding arena are essential. We are excited to welcome 2-year-old Kamau to our Zoo family and hope he will bring new additions to our family.
Luxor will be leaving the November 15, so come say goodbye! Kamau should be out on exhibit in the next month, after going through introductions to the female lion, Cleo.
Here is Luxor with sister Cleo at the Sacramento Zoo.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
By Zoo Blog Keeper
Boo at the Zoo 2008 was awesome! With rain coming down before and after the event, we had the perfect window of dry skies to have almost 3,000 folks come out to have a spook-tacular good time!
There were a lot of little zoo animals, superheros and princesses running around, playing games, dancing on the stage, and trick-or-treating. The magic show was full at every performance, kids were gleefully grossed out by the touchy-feely mystery boxes and the alien encounter area was a little scary, but kids wanted to go back again and again!
Thanks to everyone who volunteered and all the families that came! It was a successful fundraiser for the Zoo and just a whole lot of fun.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Providing a home for native wildlife here at the Zoo shines a spotlight on the rich biodiversity that exists all around us. The Mediterranean region of California is designated by Conservation International as a Biodiversity Hotspot (www.biodiversityhotspots.org). A biodiversity hotspot is an area with a large number of species that are only found locally and has lost over 70% of its original habitat. The California Floristic Province is home to the giant sequoia, the planet's largest living organism and holds a number of threatened endemic species.
Two new aviaries are opening soon in The Zoo’s Backyard with native species, Burrowing owls and Yellow-billed magpies. Burrowing owls are funny little creatures with long legs and big eyes that prefer to stand around on the ground and hunt at dawn and dusk. The burrowing owl population is considered at risk in California because of habitat degradation and destruction.
Yellow-billed magpies are a new species to the Zoo. You may be familiar with these charismatic, colorful, and noisy birds, but you may not know that they are only found in California. In fact, birders from around the world travel to California specifically to add these striking birds to their “life list.” Unfortunately, their isolation in California means they are vulnerable because, as our population grows and habitat becomes scarce, yellow-billed magpies will have no where else to go.
It is our hope that being surrounded by the animals at our Zoo will inspire you to conserve and “live green” in your daily life. The next time you are here, pay special attention to the California natives who call the Zoo home because these are the animals that will experience the greatest direct impact from your daily choices.